Author Archives: Erik Brooks

Taking A Few Days Off From Blogging

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend … while also keeping in mind why we have this long weekend in the first place.

You can honor those who paid the ultimate price with ceremonies in South Milwaukee on Monday.

I’ll be back to blogging next week. In the meantime, if you don’t already follow me on social media, I have mayoral accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Like and follow them for the latest in local news, in addition to this blog.

Thanks for reading — I am happy to do what I can to keep citizens informed about all that is happening in South Milwaukee (which is a lot). Please spread the word about this website with your friends!

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More Local Headlines

Check out these South Shore headlines …

Also, NOW has published new police blotters here and here.

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Endorsing Our Watershed Planning Efforts

Mill Pond waterfall

Progress continues in the efforts to deliver a long-overdue study of the Oak Creek watershed.

The latest example of momentum: The South Milwaukee City Council, at its meeting Tuesday night, unanimously (7-0) endorsed the work underway to jointly study the watershed.

Here is a draft of the resolution they passed.

Our council is the first governmental body to pass such a resolution, and I thank our alderpersons for it. I hope it shows how serious we are (and have to be) as a city about partnering with our neighbors and others to bring this critical environmental, ecological and recreational resource back to life. This study is a critical first step.

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Their Job: Saving Lives



It was an honor honoring our local firefighters and emergency medical services personnel on Tuesday night, as part of National Emergency Medical Services Week.

Making the city council meeting extra special: We welcomed back two of the people saved by our personnel as we honored them with letters of commendation. Really, really cool.

See their stories and the proclamation here … and congratulations to all of the award winners. Well done.

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South Milwaukee: A Great Place For Runners

But don’t take my word for it.

Instead, listen to Olympic hopeful Lauren Kleppin, who was profiled recently in this Milwaukee Running Festival blog post

Although Kleppin has run in some of the world’s most scenic locations, Milwaukee’s run trails will always hold a special spot in her heart. “Milwaukee is an amazing setting for a race,” Kleppin said. “I personally love running along the Oak Leaf Trail, or down by the art museum while taking in the views of Lake Michigan, enjoying the nice breeze, and the unique architecture. I think my favorite Milwaukee running memories are just a cluster of amazing training days in high school with fun teammates through Grant Park. More specifically, my favorite days were in the fall when the leaves were colorful and crunchy and it was cross-country season.”

South Milwaukee = runner friendly. Why not?

Add this to the list of things we should be promoting about our fair city. Spread the word!

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Memorial Day In South Milwaukee

Pay tribute to everyone who has paid the ultimate price in defense of our country …

Memorial Day flyer

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Downtown Update: Nona’s Closing, Residential Facility Planned, New Business And More



Beyond Caterpillar, some disappointing news downtown – Nona’s Café is closing.

Tom and Ida have announced their restaurant’s last day is this Saturday, May 16.

I wish nothing but the best for them, and thank them for being such a special part of our downtown, and our community. I’ll miss them, their hospitality and (of course) their food – all of it terrific.

Please stop by and wish them well in their final days in the restaurant business.

Meanwhile, in other downtown news …

  • A 16-unit community based residential facility has been proposed for the former Easter Seals (and Bucyrus engineering) building at 1016 Milwaukee Ave. A public hearing on the zoning change necessary for the development has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, in front of the South Milwaukee City Council. The development, which would be called the Glenneyre, would be considered a Class C non-ambulatory facility, so it can house a person who is either unable to walk or able to walk with the help of a wheelchair or other device. The facility will be an option for seniors and others needing up to an intermediate level of nursing care, “able to accommodate a person who has a long-term illness or disability but who has reached a relatively stable condition,”  according to the plan submittal. It will employ about 10 people, with 24-hour staffing for residents and parking for visitors in the adjacent lot and another lot at 1008 Milwaukee (also part of the property).
  • Two new businesses have opened in the 1200 block of Milwaukee – This & That, a discount variety store, and across the street, J.C.’s Produce. See my previous post on these businesses here. Also, Grandma’s Attic, an antiques and collectibles store at 916 Milwaukee, opened recently. Be sure to check them all out and welcome them to town!
  • You have also probably noticed some improvements to the site of the former city water tower in the 1200 block of Milwaukee. The city repaired the steps, touched up the decorative stone wall, added water service to the site and began preparing the site for new plantings. We’re also putting a new “for sale” sign up. They are small, but necessary improvements to a site that had become an eyesore for the downtown area. We’re also fixing the fascia under the bridge over Oak Creek on Milwaukee Avenue — a cosmetic improvement, but a necessary one. This is an key entry point for our downtown area.

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